I was to mention them here, they would sound so chimerical, so womanish, that I should be laughed at for repeating them. For yourself, be quite at rest, and laugh, as I do, at feeble, visionary malice, and assure yourself, whoever mentions such politics to you, that my Lady Walpole must have very frippery intelligence from hence, if she can raise no better views and on no better foundations. For the poem you mention, I never read it: upon inquiry, I find there was such a thing, though now quite obsolete : undoubtedly not Pope's, and only proves what I said before, how low, how paltry, how uninformed her ladyship's correspondents must be.
We are now all military! all preparations for Flanders! no parties but reviews; no officers but hope they are to go abroad—at least, it is the fashion to say so. I am studying lists of regiments and names of colonels—not that I hope I am to go abroad, but to talk of those who do. Three thousand men embarked yesterday and the day before, and the thirteen thousand others sail as soon as the transports can return. Messieurs d'Allemagne2 roll their red eyes, stroke up their great beavers, and look fierce—you know one loves a review and a tattoo.
We had a debate yesterday in the House on a proposal for replacing four thousand men of some that are to be sent abroad, that, in short, we might have fifteen thousand men to guard the kingdom. This was strongly opposed by the Tories, but we carried it in the Committee, 214 against 123, and to-day, in the House, 280 against 169. Sir John Barnard, Pulteney, the new ministry, all the Prince's people^ except the Oobham cousinsz, the Lord Mayor *, several of the
2 The Eoyal Family. Watyole.
3 Pitts, Grenvilles, Lytteltons, all related by marriage or female de-
scent to Lord Cobham. Dover.—See Table V. 4 Sir Eobert Godschal.